Ever wanted to see the world like Aladdin? Well now you can. Google Earth is now Virtual Reality compatible. The app, which launched today via Steam, allows users of HTC Vive to fly around Google Earth’s 3d cities and terrains in what looks like a breathtaking experience.
Using the app, you can fly around, browse or walk around like a giant anywhere in the world. Google’s launch teaser showcases users viewing world landmarks rendered in 3d and flying around canyons. It’s pretty cool. The controllers included with the virtual reality system are used to navigate the UI of Google Earth. You can point, click and drag to get to your next destination. While it is free, the only downside, however, is that the tool requires an HTC Vive to use, which to some, is troubling.
Because of the current market fragmentation with virtual reality sets, it’s hard to make apps that will work on each platform. For some, this is all too similar to the current state of game consoles, where console makers bid to hold exclusive rights on intellectual properties and games. This makes deciding which VR set to buy quite difficult since it’s possible that any one system might become abandoned by developers looking to focus their time on the most popular platform.
Despite this, the new Google Earth looks great, if you need an HTC Vive to try it out on, you can find it here.
Don’t want an HTC Vive and are looking for a VR system? Check out our blog post reviewing the latest and best Virtual Reality sets available.
See it in action below: